aside Dear Trump Supporters, Will Your Business Tycoon Run The Country Like He Does His Companies?

 (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

We have all heard from Donald Trump’s supporters indicating that it is Mr. Trump’s business acumen which will move this country forward for the better. He knows how to negotiate and to get things done.

Remember that hot car that you purchased many moons ago, which was going to be so much fun but turned out to be a lemon? How about that gorgeous girl/ or guy who you couldn’t live without who became a nightmare like in the movie “Fatal Attraction? “Placing your hopes on Donald Trump is worse. He may look nice and shiny but that is only on the surface. The real Donald Trump is a con?

donald-trump-bus-airplane-635991767978069668-trump-jetTo visualize how Donald Trump would transfer his business skills to the White House, review the below report regarding his business practices. The excerpts below are from the 6/2/2016 USA Today article, “Exclusive: Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee,” by Nick Penzenstadler and Susan Page:

“An exclusive USA TODAY analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits, divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them.”

donald-trump-bus-photo0bf0a962015dde54815e8c72ac1f6d69-908-476-trumprevealed_social_real_tstmp_1471004928“The sheer volume of lawsuits is unprecedented for a presidential nominee. No candidate of a major party has had anything approaching the number of Trump’s courtroom entanglements.”

“The USA TODAY analysis included an examination of legal actions for and against Trump and the more than 500 businesses he lists on the personal financial disclosure he filed with the Federal Election Commission. USA TODAY also reviewed five depositions in which Trump sat for 22 hours of sworn testimony. This report is based on those legal filings as well as interviews with dozens of his legal adversaries.”

donald-trump-business-good-choiceforbescover-101915-1“A handful of the ongoing cases involve local or state government entities, with the possibility of personal legal disputes between the president of the United States and other branches of government if Trump is elected. For instance, the Trump team has filed a lawsuit seeking a state ethics investigation of the New York attorney general. The suit was filed in response to an ongoing fraud investigation into Trump University by the attorney general.”

donald-trump-forbes-covertrump-magazine-newsweek“And despite his boasts on the campaign trail that he “never” settles lawsuits, for fear of encouraging more, he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA TODAY. Most involve people who say they were physically injured at Trump properties, with settlements that range as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

“Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization, said in an interview that the number and tenor of the court cases is the “cost of doing business” and on par with other companies of a similar size.”

“However, even by those measures, the number of cases in which Trump is involved is extraordinary. For comparison, USA TODAY analyzed the legal involvement for five top real-estate business executives: Edward DeBartolo, shopping-center developer and former San Francisco 49ers owner; Donald Bren, Irvine Company chairman and owner; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate magnate; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer famous for his involvement in the World Trade Center properties.”

“To maintain an apples-to-apples comparison, only actions that used the developers’ names were included. The analysis found Trump has been involved in more legal skirmishes than all five of the others — combined.”

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TRUMP LAWSUITS BY THE NUMBERS

USA TODAY journalists identified about 3,500 state and federal court cases involving Donald Trump and the more than 500 companies on his federal financial disclosure report and previous holdings. They break down like this. The figures are rounded because the USA TODAY search and review of cases is ongoing.

PLAINTIFF VS. DEFENDANT

WHAT GOT HIM INTO COURT

WHAT GOT HIM INTO COURT

WHAT GOT HIM INTO COURT

WHAT GOT HIM INTO COURT

HOW THE CASES HAVE GONE

HOW THE CASES HAVE GONE

“The USA TODAY analysis included an examination of legal actions for and against Trump and the more than 500 businesses he lists on the personal financial disclosure he filed with the Federal Election Commission. USA TODAY also reviewed five depositions in which Trump sat for 22 hours. This report is based on those legal filings as well as interviews with dozens of his legal adversaries.”

“A handful of the ongoing cases involve local or state government entities, with the possibility of personal legal disputes between the president of the United States and other branches of government if Trump is elected. For instance, the Trump team has filed a lawsuit seeking a state ethics investigation of the New York attorney general. The suit was filed in response to an ongoing fraud investigation into Trump University by the attorney general, an elected state official.”

(Original Caption) Atlantic City, New Jersey: Donald Trump raises his fist in a salute as he presides over opening ceremonies of the formal opening of his Taj Mahal, which he calls the 8th wonder of the World.

“At times, he and his companies refuse to pay even small bills. An engineering firm and a law firm are among several who filed suits against Trump companies saying they weren’t paid for their work. In a 2011 deposition tied to a dispute over his deal with Van Heusen menswear, he said he abruptly decided not to sign a check to a firm that helped broker the deal, after 11 consecutive quarterly payments, because “I don’t feel that these people did very much, if anything, with respect to this deal.”

“The number of lawsuits raises questions about potential conflicts and complications if Trump does win the White House. Dozens of cases remain unresolved, about half in which he is the plaintiff. It raises the possibility of individuals being sued by the president of the United States, or suing him, in non-governmental disputes.”

“Under the law, Trump wouldn’t get special advantages as the plaintiff — or protections as a defendant. Under long-standing conflict-of-interest rules, as a plaintiff he couldn’t improperly benefit from governmental knowledge. He also wouldn’t get immunity from civil litigation that stemmed from events prior to taking office.”

10 comments

  1. I’m getting confused …… Hillary ‘s numbers are plummeting . Is there some sort of conspiracy here ? In Ohio, CNN’s ppolling did not include voters under 50 years old, and no one was surveyed in Cleveland , which happens to be heavily Democratic.

    MSNBC has more nasty Republican pundits being put on air than Democratic ones. So far, the only political host that even challenges Republican surrogates is Joy Reid on Saturday and Sunday morning shows.

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    • Dear Karen Molenaar Terrell, Welcome and you are not alone. Thank you for voting for HRC but I recommend a blog by a former Bernie Supporter. After a lot of research, the author. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt of the following “Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You! | Social Justice For All,” has become a strong HRC advocate. Here is his 1st paragraph:

      “Let me be as candid and transparent as possible: I was a very strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, and until the past four weeks, held out great hope that he would become our next President. Over the course of the past month, I have had to do a great deal of reflecting and ask myself where does this seemingly irrational antipathy for Hillary Clinton come from? Why have I participated in it? After doing some research and looking hard at systemic misogyny, I have had to confront myself with the truth that I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.”.

      This blog has incurred 1,625 comments. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, Gronda.

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  2. Dear Renxkyoko,

    So you’ve noticed that pundits are not pushing back on Trump’s surrogates as hard as they could. He gets so much free press. For example, no reporter that I have noticed has asked Donald Trump to produce the IRS letter/notice that he is under audit.Both Joy Reid and Lawrence O’Donnell are decrying the election coverage by the press. There is this sense that the media is attempting to depict a level of false equivalency between the two candidates when there is no legitimate comparison..

    The polling bothers me too. Before Labor Day, the polls are based on registered voters but after,the holiday, the polls are based on likely voters. There is a difference in the numbers. In addition more republicans are deciding to vote for DT. Before Labor Day, this percentage was above 70% but afterwards, it is in the upper 80s. If he has more days like yesterday, 9/16, these numbers should go down..

    I live in the battleground state of Florida. You can count the fact that HRC has an outstanding ground swell of volunteers working on her behalf.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Gronda

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  3. Thanks for this post. The lawsuits average to 1 1/2 per week over his career. Just since his candidacy started, he has 100 more lawsuits, so this is not old news. His basic reaction to a lawsuit is to sue back and try to outgun the opposition. He even has not paid some of the attorneys he uses. This man has no character or morals and no shame. He has and will screw over his base of support as that is his nature. He cannot help him self.

    By the way, his fascination with Putin was part of great joke by Seth Myers. He said Putin runs his country so well, that if Trump lived there and said the things he did, he would be dead by now.

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    • Dear Keith,

      This is partly why I become so upset with the downward direction of the republican party. I started questioning the soul of the party over the Trayvon Martin case. Fox TV and the conservative right were making George Zimmerman look righteous and innocent. It did not take me long to figure out that GZ was a bum. The right conspired to paint Trayvon Martin unfairly as a thug. This is when I took time to figure out how to blog. They created the environment by which the likes of a DT could become their republican nominee.

      They elected the king of the birther movement.

      When a billionaire sues a business person or lawyer without the same financial means, that person is so outgunned and DT knows this. He will take full unfair advantage of this situation because he is the biggest bully on the playground.

      Anyone in this situation should contact Mark Cuban, another very rich person who is a long time critic of Donald Trump or there is a Chicago law firm which is well known for taking on class action suits against the big guys on a contingency fee basis. They have a great record of success.

      I am looking up the Seth Myers cartoon. Thanks, Gronda

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      • Thanks. To me, the lawsuits represents the lack of character and disdain that Trump has for hard working folks. That has to be the focus as the number and the fact they continue shows this man is a pariah.

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  4. Great post … it amazes me that the lemmings don’t seem to care that lawsuits are as casual to him as my morning bowl of oatmeal. And let us not forget that he has already said he will sue journalists and media outlets that say things he disagrees with, even when true!

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    • Dear Jill, It boggles my mind that people are planning to vote for DT. I do blame TV News and cable news for not covering his background more thoroughly like the print news. Most folks have heard lots over the years about HRC whether true or not but many are unaware of all of DTs ugly business practices which are all true.

      Thanks, Gronda.

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